Free Training: Equipping Youth Workers to Approach the Topic of Suicide

When: September 28, 2017
8:30 am – 10:00 am

“13 Reasons Why” is a book and Netflix series that has brought teen suicide to the spotlight. Some would say that “13 Reasons Why” and other shows and books on this topic have brought glory to suicide, therefore making self-harm and suicidal thoughts “trendy.” It is important to recognize the fact that the suicide rate among teenagers is on the rise. In order to prevent teen suicide, it is vital to recognize what leads to it, and then treat the causes.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 10-24. Each day in our nation, there are an average of over 3,470 attempts by young people grades 9-12. Four out of five teens who attempt suicide have given clear warning signs. This presentation will equip youth workers with knowledge about signs and symptoms to watch for in suicidal youth and about prevention and intervention tools. Attendees will:
• gain knowledge on how to navigate discussions about suicide;
• have an opportunity to discuss social media impact on this topic;
• learn to identify when to call parents and when to get professionals involved; and
• connect with area resources and community partners for support.

Missy Blackmer, MSEd, LMFT, LMHC, Program Manager/Clinical Supervisor – Meridian Health Services Melissa Blackmer has 14 years of experience working in educational and mental health settings with youth. She is the program manager at Meridian Health Services and is adjunct faculty at Indiana Tech. She specializes in providing clinical supervision to other clinicians and focuses her practice on helping children, teens, women and families struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD, behavioral

Free: A light breakfast will be provided courtesy of the Indiana Youth Institute.

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Where: The Lutheran Foundation
Bottom Level Conference Room
3024 Fairfield Ave. Fort Wayne, IN 46807
*If parking lot is full, parking is available across the street at Fairfield Elementary School

For information about Indiana Youth Institute resources, contact IYI Northeast Indiana Outreach Manager Juanita Goodwell at or 1-800-495-3217.

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